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I owe my life to the readiness of the British authorities to accept me as an infant refugee from Nazi Germany. My parents and I got out of Berlin in August 1939, just before the start of the war, to join my 10-year-old sister Esther, who had, along with about 10,000 other children, gone to England months earlier in what is known as the Kindertransport.What the British did for us, the extraordinary generosity they showed refugees like me during those difficult war years, stood out. So far, the United Kingdom has accepted only a relatively small number of refugees from the Middle East. European interior ministers have finally agreed to a plan to relocate 120,000 migrants across the EU over the next two years, with each country meeting an imposed quota.When Soviet troops crushed the Hungarian Uprising of 1956, some 200,000 Hungarians fled their country.Add to this responsibility the moral imperative and legal obligation to help those fleeing violence and persecution, and it is clear that the U.S. should not only offer vastly increased assistance to the countries accommodating large numbers of refugees, but also accept larger numbers of refugees itself.
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